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From the Edge of the City (1998)

Apo tin akri tis polis (original title)
Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 24 January 1999 (Greece)
A group of Pontian Greek immigrant teenage dreamers dwelling marginalised in the notorious and lustreless wild suburbia, witness the city's repulsive face and an unrelenting world defined by prostitution, drugs, and inevitably, loss.
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Stathis Papadopoulos Stathis Papadopoulos ... Sasha
Costas Kotsianidis Costas Kotsianidis ... Kotsian
Panayiotis Hartomatzidis Panayiotis Hartomatzidis ... Panagiotis
Dimitris Papoulidis Dimitris Papoulidis ... Giorgos
Theodora Tzimou ... Natasha
Anestis Polychronidis Anestis Polychronidis ... Anestis
Nikos Kamontos Nikos Kamontos ... Filippos
Stelios Tsemboglidis Stelios Tsemboglidis ... Stelios
Giorgos Mavridis Giorgos Mavridis ... Chorny
Panagiota Vlachosotirou Panagiota Vlachosotirou ... Elenitsa
Silvia Venizelea Silvia Venizelea ... Thodora
Aimilios Heilakis ... Nikos
Vasias Eleftheriadis Vasias Eleftheriadis ... Father
Evri Sophroniadou Evri Sophroniadou ... Mother
Giannis Kontrafouris Giannis Kontrafouris ... Pimp
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Storyline

The "Edge of the City" means Menidi, a poor suburb on the edge of pulsating Athens (the city). Menidi harbours many Cosssack Greeks. They are also called "pontios", ethnic Greeks from the Black Sea dispersed through the ex-Southern Soviet Union in the Stalin era. The "pontios" have returned to Greece en masse after the demise of the USSR. The parents speak mostly Greek, but the teenage children speak a hybrid Russian-Greek language which reflects their lack of identity and marginalization. The teenagers' marginalization leads them to the core of the film's theme: the lives of petty crime and prostitution which these second or third class Greeks lead. Their camaraderie, the way they mock each others' dealing in homosexuality, their sexual and criminal exploitation by rich Greeks, their own exploitation of prostitutes, sexual and moral ambiguity all lead to the film's defining. Written by Guy33134

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Easy money... That's what you fall in love with. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Most of the actors were non-professionals who were discovered on the streets of Athens by director Constantine Giannaris. His lead, Stathis Papadopoulos, was actually working as a rent boy. See more »

Connections

Featured in Here's Looking at You, Boy (2007) See more »

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best Greek film ever
23 January 2002 | by liveheroesSee all my reviews

This is my second or third Greek movie I guess, so I have no idea if this is the best one ever, but it is a very good one to say the least. I did not really want to see this one because I was not in the mood for a depressing hustler story or a foreign gaythemed drama, but that's not really what this movie is about. I would rather call it a lost generation movie with a lot of attention to immigration problems and drug abuse. I urge the main lead to learn English (or French) and try it abroad, because he has talent. the rest of the cast wasn't that good. Check it out if you get the chance, it's really not a gayhustler movie as the people might want you to believe


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Greece

Language:

Greek | Russian

Release Date:

24 January 1999 (Greece) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Omonia, Athens, Greece See more »

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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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